Re: cleaning old messages out of thunderbird

Jim Wohlgamuth

Hi there!

When I wish to delete old mail, I simply select all messages in a given folder and press delete.  When I wish to empty the trash, I press alt-F arrow up to empty trash and press enter.  I will occasionally compact the boxes using the alt-F and arrowing up to compact folders and pressing enter.This does keep my system running somewhat faster in thunderbird. Give this a try and see.  Good Luck! and Have A Great Day!



On 24-Nov-20 16:03, Troy Burnham wrote:
I know that it won't save a lot of space but I want to delete messages from not only the trash folder in thunderbird but from the spam folder and the sent mail folder. I've been doing what Gerald suggested and just wondered if there was a quicker way.


On 11/24/2020 7:21 AM, Gene wrote:
You are talking about using the e-mail program, not the web site, which, as I understand the question, is what is being asked about.  Also, the person didn't say he wanted to delete all the messages from the various folders. Your procedure will delete all messages from every folder where this is done.  What is wanted needs to be clarified.  Also., you are talking about emptying the messages on the machine.  If you want to actually delete the messages from the web site, when using GMail, I'm not at all sure that works when using an e-mail program.

-----Original Message----- From: Gerald Levy via
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:52 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] cleaning old messages out of thunderbird

No, there is no option for emptying the Sent or Spam folders.  The easiest way to accomplish this is to focus on the list of messages in each foler, perform a select all command (control-A) and then press the delete key to move them all in one fell swoop to the trash folder.  Then when you empty the trash folder, all the sent and spam messages will also be deleted along with the rest of the trash.


On 11/23/2020 8:10 PM, Troy Burnham wrote:
Hi all,

I only have a gmail address in thunderbird and I see under the file menu an option to empty the trash. Is there a quick way to delete messages from the sent mail folder and the spam folder, other than going into each folder and selecting the messages and deleting them that way that is?



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